While amusing to watch, Hyuuga’s yuri antics and sexual innuendo isn’t the only highlight of this episode.
The subtlety of this episode in spicing things up with Takao’s antics while progressing through character development c/o Hyuuga’s existential discourse clearly shows how the people behind this animated series know what they’re doing.
In fact, Hyuuga’s thought-provoking conversations with Takao justify our tsundere, heavy cruiser’s antics.
The desire for a lover. The desire for a friend. The desire for company. It is because we are incomplete that we desire such things. And Takao’s defeat at the hands of Gunzou made her realize her imperfection.
Fancy the thought: the tool made for war and destruction wanted to surpass its own functionality – represented figuratively by a teenage girl who fell in-love with the man who bested her in combat.
It is because Takao’s “maiden antics” are justified by her objectives that makes her such an amazing, if not, accepted character. The dere~ side of this heavy cruiser is certainly fun to watch and her tsun~ isn’t as annoying as most tsunderes.
The question now is whether or not Gunzou will “use” her to the best of her capabilities next episode. Seeing as they are vastly outnumbered by Kongou and Maya, not to mention, with supplies running low, it will be interesting to see how his tactical genius would be able to pull it off.